Ranchi (Jharkhand) : Waqar Danish Anwar, who allegedly forced his Hindu wife to convert to Islam after a love marriage, and his father Anwarul Haq 55, a co-accused, were arrested on Friday, a day after his wife, Jaya Bhandari, lodged a case under Section 295A (related to deliberate malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings) and Section 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion) against them.
“The two were produced at a local court, which sent them to 14-day judicial custody,” said Sapan Kumar Mahtha, officer in-charge of Namkum police station. Jaya had lodged a case with Ranchi’s women police station, but it was transferred as both the complainant and the accused live in Maulana Azad Colony under Namkum police station.
The FIR says Danish married Jaya in October 2013 on the promise that he belongs to a “secular-minded family” that would never force her to convert to Islam. After marriage he allegedly tortured her to convert, forced her to accept nikah and named her Zoya Anwar.
Bhandari narrated her story to the owner of a city hotel, where she is currently a receptionist, who connected her to Jharkhand BJP women’s wing chief Usha Pandey. Pandey said: “The girl wants the accused convicted.” She claimed that the woman was physically tortured for over a year after she refused to convert,” said Pandey. Jharkhand Women’s Commission chief Mahua Manjhi, who called upon Bhandari, said: “The girl has shown me the injury marks on her body. We will help her fight for justice.”
Meanwhile Danish, who talked to reporters at Namkum police station, said Jaya wanted a lavish and modern lifestyle. “She wanted to go to posh hotels and bars. We refused to allow this,” Danish, who denied having ever tortured her to convert, said. “We never forced her. She willingly accepted nikah. She was free to pursue the religion of her choice,” he claimed. City SP Anup Birthary said: “The case is under investigation.”
Source : Times Of India
Jharkhand : Ranchi woman accuses husband Waqar Danish Anwar of ‘love-jihad’
Hindu girl forced to convert to Islam, lodges FIR in Ranchi
Ranchi (Jharkhand) : A 25-year-old Hindu girl on Thursday lodged an FIR against husband Waqar Danish Anwar claiming that he was torturing her for the last one year to convert to Islam, two months after her marriage was solemnized at a Ranchi temple in October 2013. The girl also accused Anwar of forcing her to accept nikah.
A hotel management graduate, Jaya Bhandari, who went to Ranchi’s Women’s Police station on Thursday, claimed in the FIR that Danish had married her on the promise that his is a secular-minded family who would never force her to convert to Islam and that she would be free to pursue Hinduism after marriage.
“Initially after marriage he tried to convince me to convert to Islam. But when I did not agree, he brought several maulvis in December 2013 (two months after marriage) at home and organized nikah and forced me to accept it. He subsequently changed my name to Zoya Anwar. He beat me up when I strongly objected to conversion,” the girl said adding that she was threatened with dire consequences if she opens her mouth.
The couple had a love marriage solemnized on October 16, 2013 at a Hindu temple, after a few months of courtship when the two were working at a five-star hotel in the city. Interestingly the girl hails from Kishorganj locality in Ranchi where national-shooter Tara Shahdeo, a victim of love-jihad, also lives. The accused lives in Maulana Azad Colony, Namkum in city.
The girl belongs to a reputed Ranchi-based business family. The parents of the girl died a few years ago and there is no one in her family, apart from two uncles and grand-father. “The girl did not dare approach the police because she has no one in the family. After she married a Muslim boy, her uncles were also not in touch with her,” said Bishwajeet Mukherjee, victim’s lawyer.
Jharkhand BJP women wing’s chief Usha Pandey, who helped the girl approach the cops, said, “It is a clear case of love-jihad. The boy had married the girl under the promise of respecting her religion. But, he started the torture soon after marriage. The accused should be brought to book.”
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City SP Anoop Birthary said: “The girl has claimed that she was being tortured to accept Islam for which a case has been lodged. An investigation has already started in the case.”
This is the second marriage of Jaya Bhandari who had a divorce with her first husband in 2009, two years after she had an arranged marriage. She also has a seven-year-old daughter.
Source : Times Of India